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04.24.2021

Shot@Life Commemorates How “Vaccines Bring Us Closer” this World Immunization Week

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Washington D.C. (April 24, 2021) – For over 200 years, vaccines have protected us against diseases that threaten our lives. With the conversation around immunizations taking on renewed prominence amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Shot@Life is proud to be commemorating World Immunization Week (WIW) from April 24-30 to underscore the importance of global access to vaccines. Under the theme “Vaccines Bring Us Closer,” WIW 2021 urges greater global engagement to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages around the world against vaccine-preventable disease.

This year, the entire world is watching the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and the surmounting challenges surrounding manufacturing, supply chains, vaccine safety, and equity. WIW also recognizes the billions of lives saved over the last 30 years through routine immunization services to tackle vaccine-preventable diseases —and just how fragile that progress is as immunization programs face disruptions due to the pandemic. Here are a few ways Shot@Life is highlighting how vaccines bring us closer to each other, closer to a world free from infectious diseases, and now—closer to ending this pandemic.

Advocate2Vaccinate

Every year during Advocate2Vaccinate, Shot@Life grassroots advocates from across the nation raise their voices collectively to encourage their legislators to robustly fund global immunization programs in the U.S. budget. Through sending letters to members of Congress, meeting with their legislators, and raising awareness on social media and in their communities, the message is heard loud and clear: every child deserves access to lifesaving vaccines and a shot at life.

Shot@Life Partners with UNICEF in WIW Social Media Activation

To help spread the word online about the effectiveness of vaccines, Shot@Life is partnering with UNICEF to rally parents, health workers, and the public to become online advocates for vaccines. For every like, share, or comment on posts mentioning a UNICEF social media account and using the hashtag #VaccinesWork from now until the end of April, Shot@Life campaign and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will donate US$1 to UNICEF – up to a total of US$5 million – to ensure all children get the lifesaving vaccines they need.

Every year, 14 million infants and children globally do not receive any vaccines against preventable diseases, with many living in extreme poverty, remote rural locations, or conflict areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this situation even more precarious, as pandemic-related lockdowns and supply disruptions threaten a devastating rise in preventable child deaths.

World Immunization Week 2021 Webinar

During World Immunization Week 2021, the International Vaccine Access Center, Shot@Life, and MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership will co-host a panel event to highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated global health inequities, and how the new Immunization Agenda 2030 Framework for Action charts a path to equitable immunization coverage for everyone.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a massive toll on the world, it is time to look not just at the challenges but also at the opportunities. Now is the time to energize a global movement and collective accountability to make vaccines equitably accessible to everyone. The Immunization Agenda 2030 creates a clear vision of a world where everyone, everywhere, at every age fully benefits from vaccines for good health and well-being. Diseases do not respect borders, and neither should our fight for full global immunization.

Register here for the webinar on Wednesday, April 28 from 9:30-11:00am ET to discuss how we can work together to ensure everyone, everywhere is protected by full immunizations.

About Shot@Life

Shot@Life is a grassroots advocacy campaign of the United Nations Foundation that champions global childhood immunization as one of the most effective ways to save the lives of children around the world. We rally members of the public, members of Congress, businesses, and civil society partners — through public education and grassroots advocacy— to support and invest in the global childhood immunization programs. Learn more at www.ShotAtLife.org.

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